Entertain your guests this holiday season with a festive Cranberry Mojito!

This vibrant cocktail adds a joyful twist to your celebrations, blending fresh mint leaves, zesty lime juice, homemade cranberry simple syrup, and smooth white rum. It’s refreshingly flavorful and is sure to impress your guests and become a new favorite.

two glasses of cranberry mojito.

As the holiday season approaches, many people seek festive and refreshing cocktail recipes to serve at their gatherings.

Pomegranate Moscow Mules and Grapefruit Margaritas are my go-to party drinks. Lately, the Cranberry Mojito has become a new favorite.

This cranberry drink puts a fun spin on the classic recipe, combining the traditional ingredients—white rum, mint leaves, lime juice, and sparkling water—with a homemade cranberry simple syrup that adds a nice tartness and sweetness.

The vibrant red hue of the syrup and the joyous garnish of mint leaves and cranberries will add a touch of elegance to any holiday table. Plus, it’s super easy to make and can be easily scaled up.

Why you’ll love this mojito recipe

  • A refreshing twist on the classic mojito
  • Bursting with sweet, tart, and zesty flavors
  • Easy to make and customizable to your taste
  • Perfect for Christmas parties and holiday gatherings

Ingredients & substitutions

Here are some helpful notes about the key ingredients for this holiday drink:

  • Cranberries: you can use either fresh or frozen cranberries.
  • Granulated sugar can be replaced with an equal amount of honey, if you prefer.
  • Mint leaves: spearmint is a popular choice for cocktails. Did you know that there is also Mojito mint? It has a slightly sweeter and less minty flavor than spearmint.
  • Lime juice: fresh lime juice is ideal for the best flavor. If limes are not available, oranges can be substituted. Cranberry and orange are a great combination.
  • White rum: opt for high-quality white rum, also known as silver or light rum. Its mellow flavor complements the other ingredients. Feel free to experiment with flavored rums to add an extra dimension of flavor. For a non-alcoholic version, omit the rum and add extra sparkling water.
  • Sparkling water: any type of sparkling water can be used, but club soda is a good choice because it doesn’t have any added flavor.

See the recipe card below for a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions.

How to make a cranberry mojito

This cranberry cocktail is simple to prepare, requiring just a few minutes of hands-on time.

  1. Start by preparing the cranberry simple syrup. The simple syrup is easy to make, requiring only cranberries, sugar, and water. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, making it convenient to prepare ahead of time.
  2. Next, muddle mint leaves and lime juice. Add the white rum and the cranberry syrup, and stir until well combined.
  3. Top the cocktail with ice cubes and sparkling water. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, cranberries, and a lime slice.

Tip: If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the end of a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves and lime juice.

Serving suggestions

Individual glasses: pour each mojito into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves, cranberries, and a lime wedge.

Punch bowl: for larger gatherings, triple or quadruple the recipe and serve it in a punch bowl.

Pair this refreshing drink with cranberry brie bites, stuffed mushrooms, or mozzarella pinwheels for a well-rounded experience.

two glasses of homemade cranberry mojito decorated with a sprig of mint, fresh cranberries and a slice of lime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a cranberry mojito in advance?

I don’t recommend making a cranberry mojito ahead of time. It is best to assemble the mojitos just before serving to ensure the freshest flavors.

How long does the cranberry syrup keep in the refrigerator?

Cranberry simple syrup stored in an airtight container can last up to a week in the refrigerator.

Have you tried this mojito recipe yet? Share your feedback, variations, or any questions you have in the comments below. We’re here to help!

How To Make It: Holiday Cranberry Mojito

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Bring festive cheer to your holiday gatherings with this easy-to-make Cranberry Mojito Recipe. This refreshing cocktail combines sweet, tart, and minty flavors, perfect for Christmas parties and get-togethers.


For the cranberry simple syrup

  • 8 oz. (225 g) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

For the cranberry mojito

  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 oz. (120 ml) cranberry simple syrup
  • 4 oz. (120 ml) white rum
  • ice cubes
  • 4 oz. (120 ml) sparkling water
  • Garnish (optional) : fresh mint leaves, fresh cranberries, lime slices


  • In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, water, and granulated sugar.
    Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat to low and let the simple syrup simmer for 10 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved and the cranberries burst and soften. Set the syrup aside to cool.
  • Once the mixture has cooled, strain it, pressing on the cranberries to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the cranberries or save them for another use.
  • In a jar or cocktail shaker, muddle 10 mint leaves and 1 ½ tablespoon of lime juice with the end of a wooden spoon or muddler to release the mint flavor.
  • Add in 2 ounces (60 ml) of cranberry simple syrup and 2 ounces (60 ml) of white rum, and stir.
  • Top with ice cubes and 2 ounces (60 ml) of sparkling water. Garnish with mint leaves, fresh cranberries, and a slice of lime.


  • Cranberries: you can use either fresh or frozen cranberries.
  • White rum: for best results, opt for high-quality white rum, also known as silver or light rum.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, omit the rum and add extra sparkling water.
  • Cranberry simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Serving: 1 glass, Calories: 240 kcal, Carbohydrates: 27.9 g, Protein: 0.2 g, Sodium: 4 mg, Fiber: 1.3 g, Sugar: 26 g
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